POTTSTOWN, PA — A Pottstown school principal and a team of staff put on masks and headed to the front doors of students to congratulate them for success.
Rupert Elementary Principal Matt Moyer said he and his staff recognize that COVID-19 and its challenging times have caused many students to feel a loss and need for face to face interaction.
With facemasks on, the Rupert Elementary I’MPACT team went in-person to the homes of its students. The team went out to visit students from each grade level to congratulate them and their families, and to acknowledge student successes during the most recent marking period.
I’MPACT is an acronym for I’m Pottstown Action Community Team. Its mission is to "Celebrate Learning" with positive communication of activities happening at school through the building of relationships with community members.
The team makes door-to-door visits to surprise students and their families with certificates of achievement, yard signs, and I'MPACT Winner shirts. Students are congratulated for their hard work, citizenship, and positive behavior.
The I’MPACT Team consists of teachers, support staff, and administrators from Rupert Elementary School.
Speaking to the importance and power of the visits Moyer said, "Even a pandemic and COVID-19 didn't stop us from recognizing our students! The hour we spend visiting our students and recognizing their achievements brings joy to our team."
I'MPACT Winners for Rupert Elementary's Second Marking Period are:
Kindergarten- Wesley Pittman
1st Grade- Sincere Paschall
2nd Grade- Mila Harkin
3rd Grade- Aliya Stillman
4th Grade- Stacey Reina Villegas
The I'MPACT team members who made home visits were Rupert Elementary Principal Moyer, and staff members Kerry Kline, Tracy Comacho, Laurie Gresko, Cindy Bartolucci, Beth Burkhimer, Jamie Fazekas, Allen Ferster, Shannon Richey, Cathleen Emerick, and Kelsey Hultz.